Cheryl Yoshie Nakasone (left) as Wakamatsi with Kimiko Ohtani as the seductress in the 1976 production of "Shushin Kani'iri" at Kennedy Theatre. (Photo courtesy Cheryl Yoshie Nakasone)

The Arts – Ryukyu Kingdom Dance-Drama Set For Kennedy Theatre Stage

Kathy Foley, Ph.D. Special to The Hawai‘i Herald The month of July marks the observance of Okinawan Obon, when ties to deceased loved ones are renewed through music and dance. Memories from a 1976 visit by...

Books, balloons, and newspapers

The fight to save Japanese American newspapers rages on. Got a hankering for some books? Try these Japanese American works. "Lost Battalion" and 442nd soldiers meet once again. A hibakusha, or atomic bomb survivor, speaks out at...
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HIFF – Spotlight on Taiwan

“AFTER SPRING, THE TAMAKI FAMILY . . . (UMI NO KANATA)” | U.S. Premiere | Japan, Taiwan | Japanese and Taiwanese w/English subtitles | 96 min. Directed and edited by Huang Yin Yu. On a warm...
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HIFF – Sound X Vision

“WE ARE X” | Hawai‘i Premiere | Japan, United States | English, Japanese w/English subtitles | 93 min. Edited by Mako Kamitsuna and John Maringouin. Directed by Stephen Kijak. From the production team behind the Oscar-winning...
“The Disasters of Peace: Social Discontent in the Manga of Tsuge Tadao and Katsumata Susumu,” continues through April 15 at the Honolulu Museum of Art. (Photos courtesy of the Honolulu Museum of Art)

Arts Review – “The Disasters of Peace”

Social Discontent Highlighted in Manga Works of Tsuge Tadao and Katsumata Susumu Wayne Muromoto Commentary Special to The Hawai‘i Herald This is not your American-style funnies; that’s for sure. The Honolulu Museum of Art exhibition, “The Disasters of Peace:...
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Rhythm Summit in Concert

WHO/WHAT: RHYTHM SUMMIT, a unique collaboration made possible by the Honolulu Mayor’s Office of Culture and the Arts in 2008, brings together the artistry and musicality of world-class artists — Kenny Endo (taiko, bamboo...

The unlikely rise of George Takei

Exploring the "effortless cool" of George Takei. A new exhibition in Virgina highlights the internment experience through arts and crafts. California's Haru Matsuri celebration turns 50. Good news for the soon-to-be-built Heart Mountain Interpretive Center. The Rafu Shimpo's...
Photo of "Hikawa Maru” screens on Nov. 5, 13 and 20.

HIFF – Film For Thought

“HIKAWA MARU” | Hawai‘i Premiere | Japan | Japanese w/English subtitles | 94 min. From veteran anime director Shunji Oga comes the epic tale of the legendary Japanese ocean liner, the Hikawa Maru. In May...

Asian American jazz and Tatsu Aoki

Ever wanted to hear Taiko drumming with tradition Jazz sounds? Then Tatsu Aoki is your man. Aoki is a renowned Chicago bassist with over 100 albums to his name. Last weekend, Aoki performed his brand...
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HIFF – Closing Night Film

“YOUR NAME.” | Hawai‘i Premiere | Japan | Japanese w/English subtitles | 105 min. Written and directed by Makoto Shinkai. HIFF closes this year’s festival with “Your Name.,” the biggest moneymaking film in Japan. The film...

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